Thirty-nine people have been indicted in federal court for their roles in two separate conspiracies to obtain large amounts of heroin, and in some cases, other drugs, from out of state and sell the drugs in Mansfield, law enforcement officials said.
Eighteen people are charged in a 41-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. The defendants are all from the Mansfield area unless otherwise noted. They are: Lennon Hayes, 44; Roberto Calderon, 36, of Chicago; Demond Steele, 45; Tara Jones, 29; Edward Jones, 39, of Chicago; Mazzarney Hardy, 39, of Maywood, Illinois; Michael Ginn, 28; Steve Hollins, 42; Cupree Howard, 39; Marcus Gannon, 32; Ashley Kriedman-Crider, 28; Rickell Fields, 24; Marrico King, 40; Terrance Jones, 27; Naizsljm Brookins, 34; James Alexander, 32; Vanness Oliver, 39; and Jacquis Mordica, 26.
In a different case, 21 people are charged in a 33-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana. The defendants are all from the Mansfield area unless otherwise noted. They are: Kevin Burton, 41; Antoine Jefferson, 39; Damon Slaughter, 41, of Westerville; Lewis Pinkston, Jr., 40; Brian Nowell, 44; Dorthea Burton, 34; Larry Ferguson, 41, of Louisville, Kentucky; Ericka Fortner, 27; Shadawn Smith, 35; Corey Motley, 36; Bronson Jones, 43; Deon Gamble, 34; Willie Feagin, 62; Jon Martel Jefferson, 30; Keith Maddox, 36; Amanda Huffman, 28; Michael Sloan, 60; Shanita Crawford, 27; Cardoves Haslett, 34; Skakela Williams, 23 and Joe Ware, 20.
In one conspiracy, Lennon Hayes and Edward Jones allegedly obtained large amounts of heroin from Roberto Calderon in Chicago and then sold it in the Mansfield area. This took place between June 2015 to the present, according to the indictment.
Hayes and Jones are accused of selling heroin to other dealers, and they and others are others are accused of using firearms and other weapons to protect their drug trafficking activities, according to the indictment.
In the second listed alleged conspiracy, heroin, cocaine and marijuana was reportedly obtained from suppliers in Columbus and California, then resold in Mansfield and Louisville, Kentucky.
The indictments are a result of investigations by the FBI, DEA, the U.S. Marshal Service, METRICH Enforcement Task Force, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mansfield Police.